A sustainable lifestyle that takes the strain off landfills.
Recycling glass, plastic and aluminum beverage containers is one of the easiest ways people can begin to live sustainably. By recycling on a regular basis, Californians:
- help prevent landfills from growing beyond capacity
- conserve costly and limited resources
- save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
When you think about the fact that a California family of four can consume more than 2,000 beverage containers in a single year, the impact of recycling is significant.
Exactly how does recycling save energy and reduce greenhouse gases?
Manufacturing beverage containers from raw materials requires enormous energy, resulting in massive carbon emissions. Making those same containers from recycled materials uses far less energy – 95% less in the case of aluminum cans. ??So, during the first six months of 2008, when Californians recycled 7.6 billion bottles and cans, it was like taking 263,000 cars off the road for a year.
STAND FOR LESS. And become a part of the California recycling movement.
Curbside recycling: If your neighborhood has a program, use it!
CRV: Want to make some extra money? Take your recyclable bottles and cans to a nearby recycling center and cash them in for their California Refund Value (CRV).
Away from home: Look for a recycling bin or wait to put them in your bin at home.
Close the loop: Purchase goods made from or packaged in recycled material.
Reusable water bottles: Reduce the usage of plastic water bottles by using a bottle you can wash and reuse every day.
What containers can you recycle?
Almost every bottle and can you use can be recycled. Look at the label for the universal recycle symbol (AKA: Chasing Arrows) and the words CA CASH REFUND or CA CRV. Containers with these markings are good to go in your curbside bin and will be accepted at the recycling center.
Check out some of our Partner pages and learn more about what each one of them is doing to support Recycling and the movement to STAND FOR LESS.
- California Department of Conservation
- City of San Diego Environmental Services Department
- San Diego Association of Governments
For the most current news and information, read the standforless.com blog.